Luke Turley completes freestyle hat-trick at British Summer ChampsJuly 31, 2016
Luke Turley completed a hat-trick of individual golds on the final day of the 2016 British Summer Championships in Sheffield.
The Hatfield swimmer took the touch in the 200m Freestyle, clocking a PB 1:52.09 in the final.
The result completed a remarkable meet for the 16-year old, who also won the 100m and 400m Free, and scooped silver in the 1500m Free, setting PBs in all three.
Turley only reached the podium in one of the same four events at last year’s British Summer Champs, landing bronze in the 100m Free. But his form this year marks him out as one of the breakthrough stars of the 16 Yrs age group.
Turley booked lane four for the final, beating his pre-competition PB of 1:54.46 with a 1:53.82 effort in the morning heats.
As in the 400m Free, Hatfield teammate Nathan Hughes was Turley’s nearest challenger in the final, but ultimately finished more than a second back on a PB 1:53.51.
Lelliott rounds off encouraging week with senior title
Bath University’s Jay Lelliott clocked the fastest time of the day to win the senior 200m Freestyle title.
Lelliott has had an encouraging week in Sheffield, setting his fastest time for two years to win the 1500m Free crown on day three.
Over the moon to finish nationals with a 200free pb! Gone far above what I was originally expecting from the comp overall… (1/4)
— Jay Lelliott (@mrlelliott53) July 31, 2016
He went even better in the 200m Free, stopping the clock on a PB 1:48.71 – his first time under the 1:49 mark.
City of Leicester’s William Bell sealed his fourth gold of the meet with victory in the 13/14 Yrs 200m Free.
The 14-year old had finished fourth in the same final 12 months ago, and had few problems making the step up to the podium with a 1.9 second win.
Bell ultimately came home in 1:57.03, taking down his old PB of 1:58.80 from April’s ASA East Midlands Championships.
Joel Thompson seals elusive gold
Joel Thompson finally got his hands on an elusive gold with victory in the 15 Yrs age group.
The Shiverers swimmer had made six individual finals over the first five days, emerging with two silvers, three bronzes and a string of PBs.
— Shiverers (@Shiverers) July 31, 2016
And the 15-year old added a gold medal to his collection with a PB 1:55.19 effort in the 200m Freestyle final. City of Birmingham’s Sam Osborne made Thompson dig deep for his title, touching just 0.14 seconds back with a PB 1:55.33.
Thanet Swim’s Jamie O’Connor also set a PB as he claimed the 17/18 Yrs 200m Free title.
The 17-year old touched in 1:51.22 with Salford’s Lewis Clough – fourth place finisher last year – behind him on 1:51.78.
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